The Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees has approved a new tuition model for the college. Ivy Tech says the new approach, called Ivy+, includes freezing tuition for the next two years.
Ivy Tech says it is one of the first schools in Indiana and first community colleges in the country to adopt the new tuition model. Ivy+ changes the tuition structure by including the cost of textbooks as a regularly assessed fee. Ivy+ will also charge the same tuition rate for full-time students enrolled in 12 or more credits. Part-time students will see their tuition frozen for the next two years and will continue to pay per credit hour.
“Research shows that 65 percent of college students forego buying a textbook with the biggest reason that they cannot afford them,” said Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech president. “Often financial aid and scholarships do not cover course materials. Our goal is to ensure every student has their textbooks the first day of class.”
As part of the Ivy+ rollout, Ivy Tech says it will cover the cost of textbooks for students in the 2021-2022 academic year through the federal government’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.
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